Toward a U.S. Grand Strategy in Space

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Date(s) - 3/10/200612:00 am


Space-based assets make an increasingly significant contribution to the national security of the U.S. Whether the U.S. has a ‘strategy’ to guide its actions and investments in space remains open to question. Panelists Everett Dolman, Peter Hays and Karl Mueller discussed ways to provide a better understanding of the critical importance of space to the US and explored the broad question of why the U.S. is engaged in outer space and what its strategies should be to protect its interests there.

Dr. Everett Carl Dolman is Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS). His focus is on international relations and theory, and he has been identified as Air University’s first space theorist. Dr. Dolman began his career as an intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency, and moved to the United States Space Command in 1986. In 1991, he received the Director of Central Intelligence?s Outstanding Intelligence Analyst award.

Dr. Peter L. Hays is a senior policy analyst supporting the plans and programs division of the National Security Space Office. A retired Lieutenant Colonel with 25 years of service in the Air Force, he has focused his studies and research on U.S. national security space Hays is author of United States Military Space (2002), and is a contributing coeditor of Spacepower for a New Millennium (2000), Countering the Proliferation and Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (1998) and the seventh edition of American Defense Policy(1997).

Dr. Karl P. Mueller is a political scientist with the RAND Corporation, specializing in air and space strategy and other defense policy issues. From 1994 to 2001, he was Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the U.S. Air Force’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies. He has lectured and written on a wide variety of national security topics, including nuclear and conventional deterrence theory, the political implications of space weaponization, military and economic coercion, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the moral dimensions of U.S. foreign policy, and the security strategies of small states and middle powers.


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